An inventory of assessment practices in support of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities

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Assessment is essential for adapting support to the needs, abilities and preferences of people with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities (PIMD). However, because of the complex interrelatedness of disabilities of people with PIMD, assessment in people with PIMD is complex and requires a multidimensional framework. The aim of this study is to compose an international overview of what assessment procedures are used in support of people with PIMD, to what goals and whether assessment takes into account the specific needs and characteristics of this group.
An online questionnaire about assessment procedures that are used in practice was developed and was sent to health care organizations in several countries. Results:
Results show the different types of assessment procedures that are used, for what purposes, and which barriers are experienced in assessment. Moreover, the psychometric qualities for different procedures are presented and whether these procedures are adapted to the needs of people with PIMD, for example by integration of information from different sources.
This study will increase our knowledge about to what extent assessment procedures take into account the specific needs and characteristics of people with PIMD and underlines the importance of adapting support to these needs and characteristics
Event title5th IASSIDD Europe Congress Diversity & Belonging: Celebrating Difference
Event typeConference
LocationAthens, GreeceShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational